Albanian artists join the solidarity movement for a society free of violenceMar 5, 2015
A spectacular line up of Albanian artists took the stage on Tuesday, to add their voices and talents to a solidarity movement to end violence against women and girls in Albania.
The concert called “Sounds against Violence” aimed to use the unique power of music to move and mobilize Albanian public around violence against women and girls.
Amongst those who performed were the Soprano Ardita Meni, the Tenor Kastriot Tusha, singer Besa Kokëdhima, accompanied by the Orchestra of the Albanian Public Radio and Television, conducted by Valmir Xoxe. They appealed to the Albanian public to end violence and commit to a society where men and women have equal opportunities.
Eleven Albanian artists - Good Will Ambassador against Domestic Violence sang ‘Bring the Sun”- an anthem against gender based violence.
The event shined a spotlight on the importance of building a society with equal opportunities for men and women and highlighted the role artists play in informing and engaging people in positive change.
In his remarks, the Minster of Social Welfare and Youth Erion Veliaj called on men to join him in standing up to violence directed at women and girls. “Stand up to end violence against women, now,” he concluded.
“Tonight’s concert comes at a particular time, as the world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women that took place in Beijing in 1995. Adopted by 189 countries, the Beijing Platform for Action –considered the most comprehensive blueprint for advancing women’s rights– calls on governments to ensure equality and non-discrimination under the law and in practice. Twenty years on, the Beijing promise is only partially achieved and the 20th anniversary of Beijing opens new opportunities to galvanize political will, reconnect and mobilize the public”- told the UN Resident Coordinator in Albania Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun to the lively audience of more than five hundred people.
A declaration called “I commit to do all I can to end violence against women and girls” was signed by participating artists and those in attendance of the concert.
The concert was organized under the auspices of Albanian Soprano Ardita Meni, Good Will Ambassador against Domestic violence with the support of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, UNDP, UN Women, Swedish Embassy, Municipality of Fier, and the organization “Community Center-Today for the Future”.
This year, the International Day of Women is dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action, adopted by 189 countries of the United Nations to coordinate their efforts in advancing gender equality and the rights of women and girls around the globe.